Erin Garza

Erin Garza
J. Craig Venter Institute | JCVI · Microbial and Environmental Genomics

PhD

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October 2017 - present
J. Craig Venter Institute
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Genetically engineer algae and bacterial cultures. Characterize gene expression in Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Help develop the uLoop library.
Education
August 2011 - May 2016
Northern Illinois University
Field of study
  • Microbiology

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Publications (15)
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An endogenous homoethanol pathway (glucose/1.2 xylose => 2 pyruvate => 2 ethanol) was previously engineered in Escherichia coli SZ410 via eliminating acid-producing pathways and anaerobic expression of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (aceEF-lpd operon). This ethanologenic derivative was subsequently engineered through adaptive evolution and part...
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Background: A thermal tolerant stereo-complex poly-lactic acid (SC-PLA) can be made by mixing Poly-D-lactic acid (PDLA) and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) at a defined ratio. This environmentally friendly biodegradable polymer could replace traditional recalcitrant petroleum-based plastics. To achieve this goal, however, it is imperative to produce opt...
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Background: Anaerobic rather than aerobic fermentation is preferred for conversion of biomass derived sugars to high value redox-neutral and reduced commodities. This will likely result in a higher yield of substrate to product conversion and decrease production cost since substrate often accounts for a significant portion of the overall cost. To...
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d(−)-lactic acid is needed for manufacturing of stereo-complex poly-lactic acid polymer. Large scale d-lactic acid fermentation, however, has yet to be demonstrated. A genetically engineered Escherichia coli strain, HBUT-D, was adaptively evolved in a 15% calcium lactate medium for improved lactate tolerance. The resulting strain, HBUT-D15, was tes...
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In this study, a genetically engineered Escherichia coli strain, HBUT-D (ΔpflB Δpta ΔfrdABCD ΔadhE Δald ΔcscR), was initially evaluated on a laboratory scale (7L) in a glucose (130gL(-1)) mineral salts medium for d-lactic acid fermentation using 6N KOH, Ca(OH)2 or NH4OH as the neutralizing agent. Fermentations neutralized by Ca(OH) 2 achieved a vol...
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Background Polylactic acid (PLA), a biodegradable polymer, has the potential to replace (at least partially) traditional petroleum-based plastics, minimizing “white pollution”. However, cost-effective production of optically pure L-lactic acid is needed to achieve the full potential of PLA. Currently, starch-based glucose is used for L-lactic acid...
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Anaerobic homofermentative production of reduced products requires additional reducing power (NADH and/or NADPH) output from glucose catabolism. Previously, with an anaerobically expressed pyruvate dehydrogenase operon (aceEF-lpd), we doubled the reducing power output to four NADH per glucose (or 1.2 xylose) catabolized anaerobically, which satisfi...
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Escherichia coli W, a sucrose-positive strain, was engineered for the homofermentative production of D-lactic acid through chromosomal deletion of the competing fermentative pathway genes (adhE, frdABCD, pta, pflB, aldA) and the repressor gene (cscR) of the sucrose operon, and metabolic evolution for improved anaerobic cell growth. The resulting st...
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A homobutanol fermentation pathway was engineered in a derivative of Escherichia coli B (glucose [glycolysis] => 2 pyruvate + 2 NADH; pyruvate [pyruvate dehydrogenase] => acetyl-CoA + NADH; 2 acetyl-CoA [butanol pathway enzymes] + 4 NADH => butanol; summary stoichiometry: glucose => butanol). Initially, the native fermentation pathways were elimina...
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Previously, a native homoethanol pathway was engineered in Escherichia coli B by deletions of competing pathway genes and anaerobic expression of pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH encoded by aceEF-lpd). The resulting ethanol pathway involves glycolysis, PDH, and alcohol dehydrogenase (AdhE). The E. coli B-derived ethanologenic strain SZ420 was then furth...
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Due to its excellent capability to ferment five-carbon sugars, Escherichia coli has been considered one of the platform organisms to be engineered for production of cellulosic ethanol. Nevertheless, genetically engineered ethanologenic E. coli lacks the essential trait of alcohol tolerance. Development of ethanol tolerance is required for cost-effe...
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PCR amplification of DNA fragments has been routinely used in gene cloning and engineering of microbial strains for biotechnological purposes such as production of biofuels and green chemicals. However, it is often a challenge to amplify large DNA fragments (>5kb) from low GC microorganisms using the standard PCR protocols. In this brief communicat...
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Efficient utilization of pentose sugars (xylose and arabinose) is an essential requirement for economically viable ethanol production from cellulosic biomass. The desirable pentose-fermenting ethanologenic biocatalysts are the native microorganisms or the engineered derivatives without recruited exogenous gene(s). We have used a metabolic evolution...

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